May 2016

Understanding the Vocational Analysis at a Disability Hearing

W2 and Social Security cards, Vocational AnalysisMany individuals who file for disability mistakenly believe that because they are not capable of performing their past job, they must qualify for disability through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, this simply isn’t the case.

The Social Security disability program was not designed to provide injured or ill individuals with financial compensation because they became unable to perform the duties of the jobs they are used to. Instead, the benefits are intended to assist individuals who are unable to perform the required work at any job for which they are qualified, and therefore are unable to achieve substantial gainful activity. At the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing, this is where a vocational expert comes in.

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New Evidence Requirements for Disability Claims

A blackboard with Social Security words, SS Claims evidenceIn April of 2015 a new regulation took effect that now requires Social Security claimants and Social Security lawyers in Chicago to provide all evidence that could either support or detract from a social security disability claim. Additionally, the “rules of conduct and standards of responsibility” for legal representatives have also been modified by the rule.

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Choosing the Right Time to Submit Your Social Security Application

Closeup of a person filling a form, SSAWhen an individual suffers from a mental or physical disability that is expected to last more than one year, it is vital that he or she submits an application for social security disability benefits as soon as possible. Waiting too long to file for disability can have a significant impact on the outcome of a case. Postponing the application can result in negative effects including: […]